Bubble is being greeted with mostly positive reviews. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times remarks that it represents director Steven Soderbergh's "latest and willfully perverse excursion into experimentation." She adds, "Easier to admire than love, Bubble is a fascinating exercise that seems calculated to repel most audiences, which probably suits Mr. Soderbergh just fine." Certainly Roger Ebert admires it. He gives it four stars in his review in the Chicago Sun-Times, commenting, "Everything about the film -- its casting, its filming, its release -- is daring and innovative." Desson Thomson in the Washington Post calls it "often mesmerizing" and concludes: "[Soderbergh] has made a startlingly effective statement: Small, experimental and committed can so often provoke stronger emotions than those high-budget spectacles." But Lou Lumenick in the New York Post is unimpressed, writing that "Bubble plays a lot like a first film by an incredibly promising filmmaker."
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